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The Conquest of Gaul
« on: August 17, 2006, 10:08:00 am »
I finished it yesterday. Has anyone else even heard of it?



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Re: The Conquest of Gaul
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2006, 10:40:05 am »
No I have not.
Who wrote it?
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Re: The Conquest of Gaul
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2006, 11:17:32 am »
Julius Caesar.

I liked it, it was pretty interesting. I have some gripes though:

1) I couldn't keep track of the names. Diviciacus, Cingetorix, Dunmorix, Vercingetorix, Snorlax, and at least 20 others.
2) I couldn't keep track of the locations. There were about 50 places that were mentioned in the book. I knew about 7: Aquitinia, Province, the Rhine, Alesia, Samarobriva, the Alps, and Italy. I only know those because I play Rome: TW and Conqueror way too much. There was a map included, but it didn't help at all.
3) It was hard to assess the outcome of a battle. It would always say "Our men have made many losses on the Gaul's army, while sustaining minimum losses ourselves." and stuff like that. It made it seem like 100,000 Gauls were killed in the campaign, and about 26 Romans.

Anyway, I reluctantly recommend it. The tactics and stuff were interesting

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Re: The Conquest of Gaul
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2006, 11:33:12 am »
Hmmmm....
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Re: The Conquest of Gaul
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2006, 12:27:07 pm »
Isn't Snorlax a Pokemon?

I can't imagine reading it. Is it personal, historical..?
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2006, 04:03:32 am »
Isn't Snorlax a Pokemon?

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Re: The Conquest of Gaul
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2006, 04:09:08 am »
So the Pokemon Master Julius Caeser said " i came, i saw, i caught 'em all."
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2006, 04:40:13 pm »
So the Pokemon Master Julius Caeser said " i came, i saw, i caught 'em all."

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Re: The Conquest of Gaul
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2006, 06:36:59 pm »
You silly little men make me laugh. But did they conquer all gaul? NO!....

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Re: The Conquest of Gaul
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2006, 08:22:16 am »
Yea, it doesn't much talk about the culture of those peoples, its mostly just how he slaughtered them, but it does provide a fascinating insight into the tactics of the time. I find it helps if you make a little flow chart as you go of the names, who people are, and where they are in the command structure. I also like to look up the places named in the book on the internet, get an ideal of how he progressed.
If you liked that, check out his other book, Commentarii de Bello Civili (Commentaries on the Civil War), its his personal observations on the Roman civil war.



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Re: The Conquest of Gaul
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2006, 07:23:13 pm »
I can't imagine reading it. Is it personal, historical..?

It's historical. It's the story of the Gallic War as told from an omniscient soldier's point of view. He referred to the other soldiers as "our men" and to Caesar as, well... Caesar. But the soldier sat in on every meeting, heard everything that Caesar said, and was apparently standing right next to Caesar the whole time. So I guess it wasn't a soldier, it was more of a 3rd-person narrative.

I hated that I never knew where Caesar was. Before each chapter, they should have given you a minimap of where his forces were, who was in charge of the armies, and the area he'd conquered. And an overall map in the back of the book with the towns and tribes would have been uber. This map just gave me regional titles, which were completely useless.

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Re: The Conquest of Gaul
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2006, 12:49:23 pm »
No one got my reference?